This drink, which we define as a 'Scottish Winter Ale,' has an ABV of 4.6%.
With a fairly 'average' ABV, this is a full-bodied, rich, malty and sweet Scottish winter ale brewed with 7 different malts and 3 hops.
The team at Gadds' begain thinking that it seemed as if everyone drinks hoppy, pale ales these days (who can blame them?). To this they decided that they wanted to create the very antithesis to IPA - Scottish Export, or 80 /- (shilling) ale.
This drink is all about malt, and lots of it. Crystal malt provides a nutty, sweet red background, chocolate malt brings, well, a touch of silky smooth chocolate. Oats for smooth, wholesome goodness; melanoidin for sweet aroma & some amber to dry the palate, lest the sweetness becomes cloying. Oh, and, of course, a minute twist of heavily, heavenly Bruichladdich peated malt to drag us up onto Rannoch Moor once again.
And for the children out there (well, anyone born after late 1971) - A Shilling was part of 'old money'!
So far, this is one of 38 beers from Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds) that have been sold at the Bake & Alehouse.
To date, the Bake & Alehouse has supplied -
From THIS brewery:
15 ales with a higher strength
3 ales of this ABV
19 ales with a lower ABV
From ALL breweries:
182 stronger ales
24 ales of this strength
542 weaker ales
14 ales with an unrecorded strength
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